ONE DROP’s 2nd International Meeting on Water, Social Arts and Popular Education (Granada, Nicaragua, February 24 to 26) was a resounding success, as representatives from Central America and Canada met to share invaluable information and ideas.
The first meeting (Montreal, October 2008) served to remind participants of the need to work together and proposed the idea of the arts as a contributor to aid and sustainable development. This year’s gathering offered attendees the means to debate one of ONE DROP’s strategies: educative and artistic workshops. The social arts and popular education approach—which, while offering resources and expertise to those in need, sensitizes people to change their habits and knowledge of water through various art forms—was met with applause. Event attendee and multidisciplinary artist, Daniel Pulido, explains: “We each possess artistic talent. Today’s youth must realize their talents in their home country and break stigmas associated with the arts.”
Activities included a water-themed art exhibition, the launch of the book Circo Agua Clara and a water-inspired performance by the theatre troupe HAYTA, which encapsulated the spirit of the Granada meeting.
ONE DROP’S next Water, Social Arts and Popular Education Meeting is slated for November 2011, in Honduras.
Learn more about the Water, Culture and Agriculture Project in Nicaragua
Picture: Water-inspired performance by the theatre troupe HAYTA- Oscar Cantarero Altamirano
Published on April 15, 2010